Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coolidge

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Casa Grande Ruin Reservation was set aside on March 2, 1889, proclaimed as the nation’s first archeological preserve and cultural site on June 22, 1892, and redesignated as Casa Grande Ruins National Monument on August 3, 1918.

The monument is named for the Casa Grande (Great House), a four-story prehistoric structure constructed by the Ancient People of the Sonoran Desert who inhabited the beautiful Sonoran Desert from 500 to 1400 A.D. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the finest architectural example of 13th Century Hohokam culture and archeology in the American Southwest.
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  • Short drive from Tucson, worth a trip. Make it a leisurely half day plus to tour the ruins and have lunch in Coolidge. Visitor Center is compact but rangers and volunteers very helpful. Fascinating... 
    Short drive from Tucson, worth a trip. Make it a leisurely half day plus to tour the ruins and have lunch in Coolidge. Visitor Center is compact but rangers and volunteers very helpful. Fascinating...  more »
  • Nice stopover on our way to Saguaro National Park from Phoenix area. Small town next to it with a Safeway/Starbucks that we used as a snack stop. The ruins are small so you need <1 hour, but very... 
    Nice stopover on our way to Saguaro National Park from Phoenix area. Small town next to it with a Safeway/Starbucks that we used as a snack stop. The ruins are small so you need <1 hour, but very...  more »
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  • Nice way to spend a couple of hours. Have lived here my whole life and never stopped by. Glad to finally be able to explore the buildings and history of the natives in this area. Nice museum and movie, so be sure and allow time to see both. There's only a few of the ruins to see, but they are nicely preserved and give a great view of how they were built and how the people lived. The drive in from I-10 is just beautiful right now if you like the desert landscape. Be sure and get junior ranger book and badge if you have kiddo. Staff was really friendly and helpful, too. Nice visit!
  • Don't skip this! Excellent place for a rest stop and a history lesson. Check out the self-guided interpretive walking path or take a guided tour with a ranger. The ruins have been exquisitely preserved. What a place this must have been 900 years ago. Don't forget to walk the other path on the other side of the parking lot past the picnic area to see more ruins such as an ancient sporting arena.

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